Drinking Liberally Sioux Falls Chapter Blog

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $60.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: In their drive to obtain their precious tax cuts for their wealthy friends, the Republicans again are showing their willingness to ride the Fascist wave of Donald Trump. But, amidst Trump and his supporters racism and bullying, we remind ourselves once more that Donald Trump lost the national popular vote by 3.5 million votes. Despite the successful efforts of Republicans to suppress Democratic turnout with voter ID laws and reduced early voting hours, despite covert, black-box support for Jill Stein's Green Party (she attended the infamous Russian TV dinner in Moscow as a guest of Vladimir Putin), and despite the deluge of false, negative, personal attacks on Hillary Clinton and other Democrats on social media, Donald Trump and his supporters could still only muster 46% of those who voted. Trump is a very minority President. The Country does not support him or his policies but he is enabled by Republicans and their drive to enact their right-wing agenda. Through fear and ambition, Republicans are becoming Trump-like (Trumplicans), indistinguishable one from the other. Together they do not care about the damage they do to the political fabric of our Country or to our position in the World. They don't like to share and they don't play well with others.

Discouraging as the situation is, as appalling as Trump and Republican policies are, it is tempting to withdraw from the political arena. But that is what the Bullies want you to do. Don't retreat!! Become involved! Stay involved! Help us cut through the noise. Together, each of us, in our own small way, can hold them accountable at the next election. We are still a Democracy, at least for now.

We have work to do. But first I need a drink. Join us at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/1000.htm
Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $50.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: Although he lost the popular vote by over 3.5 million votes and has job approval ratings in the low 30's, Trump has decided to rule by decree. As one example, yesterday Trump ordered the Department of Health and Human Services to stop reimbursing insurance companies for subsidies they can extend under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to customers who otherwise could not afford to pay their health insurance premiums. Trump's decree is estimated to raise premiums under the ACA by at least 20% in 2018 and to increase the Federal Budget deficit by over $200 Billion dollars by 2026 while shifting the cost of unreimbursed health care for the uninsured (now a greatly expanded population) onto state and local governments. The decree is designed to destroy the ACA without replacing it with an alternative insurance regime. It is a heartless move that will kill (yes actually kill) people as, now without insurance, they postpone seeing a doctor It will force many more into bankruptcy.

In the meantime, according to Lindsey Graham, South Carolina's senior Senator, Trump shot 73 at his golf course in Westminster, New Jersey last weekend. Lindsay, like most other Republicans, remains silent and therefore complicit in Trump's arbitrary attempt to undermine the health insurance plans of millions of Americans. Most of those who will lose their insurance aren't members of a country club anyway, so why worry about them?... Right Republicans!!

Oh, and Trump apparently plans to decertify the Iran Nuclear Deal which will allow Iran to restart its nuclear program, solidify its accommodation with the Russians, worry our allies, and further destabilize the Middle East. Nuclear proliferation in the land of terrorism! What could go wrong?…. No wonder Trump is being described by some as a Fucking moron.

I need a drink.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/999.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party (SDDP) is so screwed up that the Minnehaha County Democratic Party (the largest county in the state with over 20% of the Democratic vote) just choose an imported labor organizer from Texas with less than one year of experience here and little knowledge or connections in Sioux Falls to represent it on the SDDP's state Executive Board. The vote was close but a small and determined group of Democrats, concerned about the hurricane destruction in Houston, Texas, forced their will on the group.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $40.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: If you are a Billionaire, especially if you are an emotionally stunted, narcissistic, megalomaniacal Billionaire, you just do what makes you feel good and damn the consequences. Why care? You have billions of dollars and plenty of "friends" catering to your whims in the hope of helping you spend some of those billions.

I, of course, allude to Trump. As a wit said the other day, "We have to send him home before he breaks all our toys." And a prolific "toy breaker" he is. It is impossible to keep up with his bad behavior, let alone summarize it. Instead, I give a sample from just today's headlines.

Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist to Be No. 2 at EPA
"President Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency," the New York Times reports.

Trump Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate
"The Trump administration is poised to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, vastly expanding exemptions for those that cite moral or religious objections...More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate..."

Trump Will Decertify Iran Deal
"The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which would blow up a deal limiting Iran's nuclear activities that the country reached in 2015 with the U.S. and five other nation."

Ironically, we need Republican help to stop Trump from breaking things when a growing partisan divide provides little incentive for them to take this political risk. To quote from Pew Research:

Partisan Divides Over Political Values Widens. "Across 10 measures that Pew Research Center has tracked on the same surveys since 1994 the average partisan gap has increased from 15 percentage points to 36 points."

Republicans have chosen to ride the beast and rationalize and defend Trump's behavior. They ignore the damage he continues to inflict on the political norms that have bound us together for 230 years in the hope they can implement their own agenda. Perhaps they can. Or, perhaps they will reap the whirlwind.

I believe it is time for Republicans to stand on principle. We don't need rationalization and political calculation right now. We need political bravery. And those who demonstrate some will reap political rewards in the long run. Step up Republicans before Trump breaks all of our toys.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/998.htm

In South Dakota: The State Supreme Court forced Sioux Falls Mayor, Mike Huether, to reveal the details of a settlement agreement he made with the builder over the defective siding of the $120 million Events Center. In response to a City Council request, Huether marched his administration's minions to the Council, pretended to answer all of their questions, but refused to release a $105,000 consultant's draft document that he used to justified his support of the settlement. "Nah, nah, na, na, hah. You can't make me", he said. The City Council is considering holding another informational meeting to review the settlement agreement more closely. This should be fun.

I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $40.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: If you are a Billionaire, especially if you are an emotionally stunted, narcissistic, megalomaniacal Billionaire, you just do what makes you feel good and damn the consequences. Why care? You have billions of dollars and plenty of "friends" catering to your whims in the hope of helping you spend some of those billions.

I, of course, allude to Trump. As a wit said the other day, "We have to send him home before he breaks all our toys." And a prolific "toy breaker" he is. It is impossible to keep up with his bad behavior, let alone summarize it. Instead, I give a sample from just today's headlines.

Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist to Be No. 2 at EPA
"President Trump nominated Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist with links to outspoken deniers of established science on climate change, to help lead the Environmental Protection Agency," the New York Times reports.

Trump Set to Roll Back Birth Control Mandate
"The Trump administration is poised to roll back the federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans, vastly expanding exemptions for those that cite moral or religious objections...More than 55 million women have access to birth control without co-payments because of the contraceptive coverage mandate..."

Trump Will Decertify Iran Deal
"The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which would blow up a deal limiting Iran's nuclear activities that the country reached in 2015 with the U.S. and five other nation."

Ironically, we need Republican help to stop Trump from breaking things when a growing partisan divide provides little incentive for them to take this political risk. To quote from Pew Research:

Partisan Divides Over Political Values Widens. "Across 10 measures that Pew Research Center has tracked on the same surveys since 1994 the average partisan gap has increased from 15 percentage points to 36 points."

Republicans have chosen to ride the beast and rationalize and defend Trump's behavior. They ignore the damage he continues to inflict on the political norms that have bound us together for 230 years in the hope they can implement their own agenda. Perhaps they can. Or, perhaps they will reap the whirlwind.

I believe it is time for Republicans to stand on principle. We don't need rationalization and political calculation right now. We need political bravery. And those who demonstrate some will reap political rewards in the long run. Step up Republicans before Trump breaks all of our toys.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/998.htm

In South Dakota: The State Supreme Court forced Sioux Falls Mayor, Mike Huether, to reveal the details of a settlement agreement he made with the builder over the defective siding of the $120 million Events Center. In response to a City Council request, Huether marched his administration's minions to the Council, pretended to answer all of their questions, but refused to release a $105,000 consultant's draft document that he used to justified his support of the settlement. "Nah, nah, na, na, hah. You can't make me", he said. The City Council is considering holding another informational meeting to review the settlement agreement more closely. This should be fun.

I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's Grand Prize last week. This week's prize increases to $30.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: As if it wasn't enough for Republicans to have made their Faustian bargain with Donald Trump and reconciled themselves to his racist and misogynist views (it wasn't a very heavy lift for Republicans, since many are closet racists and misogynists anyway), now they must test their moral and political dexterity again and see if they can accommodate the extremist views of their Alabama US Senate nominee, Judge Roy Moore. Moore believes his personal view of God supersedes the Constitution and our rule of law. He is also an unrepentant "birther", believes Muslims shouldn't serve in political office, argues that insidious secularization has led to terrorist attacks, including 911, claims homosexuality is illegal, opposes gay service in the military and civil life, and, after the US Supreme Court ruled that Gay Marriage was legal, as Alabama's Chief Justice ordered Alabama judges to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. He has twice been relieved from his position as Alabama Chief Justice for defying Federal Court orders and undermining the rule of law. In short Roy Moore thinks he is God.

Even for Republicans, Roy Moore's views are a bit extreme. But so far we have heard nary a word of protest from either national Republican leaders or our own congressional delegation of Thune, Rounds, and Noem. Someone should remind them of the legal maxim that "Silence is consent". They may think they can play with this Demigod too in the name of their precious tax cuts for their wealthy donors, but, as Kurt Vonnegut once said in one of my favorite quotes, Republicans are in danger of "...becoming what they pretend to be." In this case, that would be greedy, racist, misogynist miscreants preparing to descend to the seventh level of hell. I encourage Republicans to save themselves and speak out against this latest craziness that threatens to consume us.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/997.htm

In South Dakota: The state Supreme Court forced Sioux Falls Mayor, Mike Huether, to reveal the details of a settlement agreement he made over the defective siding with the builder of the $120 million Events Center. Huether publicly led everyone to believe that the City had a pot of $1 million as a result of the settlement. Apparently, that was not true and the Mayor has a plate of eggs on his face. The details of the no longer secret settlement agreement will be discussed further at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Some people think Huether lied to everyone. I disagree. He had to tell the truth to at least one other person, Mr. Turback, the City Finance Director who helped Huether structure the settlement.

I need a drink.
Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $10.00 Grand Prize last week. With our weekly contribution, this week's prize stands at $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: It is amazing what Republicans will put up with to get tax cuts for their donor class and diluted environmental and safety rules for their corporate masters. I am beginning to think Republicans would roll back child labor laws if it meant a dollar in their pocket.

A couple of examples:

The Republican Party again seeks to eliminate health care for tens of millions of Americans without a public debate. They all but admit this isn't good public policy but they want to eliminate the taxes on their donor class that help support the current healthcare system. Greed is their sole motivation.

And, this same Republican Party stands silent as Trump assaults the international order and the institutions underpinning it which were created with American leadership after World War II and which have kept conflicts between great powers from escalating into a major (read nuclear) war ever since. To be sure there are flaws in these institutions but they have performed their basic role and, through the international alliances and relationships they enable, they have enhanced our prosperity and amplified American influence and leadership in the world. Despite the feel-good bombast, Trump's attack on these institutions diminishes us and makes us less safe. You would think you would hear more from Republicans than silence, at least a whimper or two, but again greed seems to dominate their calculations. They don't want to undercut Trump and cause him to do anything to endanger their tax cuts for the wealthy. They are betting the beast will not get them in the end.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/996.htm

In South Dakota: On Thursday, Mayor Huether was ordered by the South Dakota Supreme Court to release the details of the secret $1 million settlement between the City and the Events Center contractor regarding the flaws in the building's siding.
As of this writing, despite the court order, the City and Mayor Huether have yet to release the documents.

Personally, I called the Mayor's office and asked for copies of the (now public) documents. I was referred to a Julie. I have yet to hear back from her.

(And, since it is still timely, I repeat this part of last week's invitation.) The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City this weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide. You hear a lot of talk about Republicans and their gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves a disservice by focusing on it.

In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told by political gurus that a 1500 voter advantage in a South Dakota legislative district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democrat voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering Democratic voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes.

Speaking of grapes, I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

Tonight, As Always, the "TapHouse 41"

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: No one won our Trivia Contest's $10.00 Grand Prize last week. With our weekly contribution, this week's prize stands at $20.00. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics: It is amazing what Republicans will put up with to get tax cuts for their donor class and diluted environmental and safety rules for their corporate masters. I am beginning to think Republicans would roll back child labor laws if it meant a dollar in their pocket.

A couple of examples:

The Republican Party again seeks to eliminate health care for tens of millions of Americans without a public debate. They all but admit this isn't good public policy but they want to eliminate the taxes on their donor class that help support the current healthcare system. Greed is their sole motivation.

And, this same Republican Party stands silent as Trump assaults the international order and the institutions underpinning it which were created with American leadership after World War II and which have kept conflicts between great powers from escalating into a major (read nuclear) war ever since. To be sure there are flaws in these institutions but they have performed their basic role and, through the international alliances and relationships they enable, they have enhanced our prosperity and amplified American influence and leadership in the world. Despite the feel-good bombast, Trump's attack on these institutions diminishes us and makes us less safe. You would think you would hear more from Republicans than silence, at least a whimper or two, but again greed seems to dominate their calculations. They don't want to undercut Trump and cause him to do anything to endanger their tax cuts for the wealthy. They are betting the beast will not get them in the end.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/996.htm

In South Dakota: On Thursday, Mayor Huether was ordered by the South Dakota Supreme Court to release the details of the secret $1 million settlement between the City and the Events Center contractor regarding the flaws in the building's siding.
As of this writing, despite the court order, the City and Mayor Huether have yet to release the documents.

Personally, I called the Mayor's office and asked for copies of the (now public) documents. I was referred to a Julie. I have yet to hear back from her.

(And, since it is still timely, I repeat this part of last week's invitation.) The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City this weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide. You hear a lot of talk about Republicans and their gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves a disservice by focusing on it.

In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told by political gurus that a 1500 voter advantage in a South Dakota legislative district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democrat voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering Democratic voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes.

Speaking of grapes, I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41", as always.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Elwynn won our Trivia Contest's $15.00 Grand Prize last week. As Kay and Virginia did the week before, he asked that his winnings be contributed to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. Elwynn also added $20.00 of his own funds to bring his contribution to $35.00. This week's prize restarts at $10.00. Like the Powerball Lottery, it grows weekly. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics, Internationally: Trump is still President and North Korea weekly pokes a stick in his eye.

Nationally: Trump is still President. He is angry at Republicans for not showing him enough love, so Democrats, apparently willing to play the part of East Indian snake charmers, have been playing sweet music for him. They seem satisfied with themselves and Republicans are acting upset. But, as in any love triangle, Democrats should proceed with caution. Trump is the political equivalent of a King Cobra, unpredictable and extremely venomous.

Meanwhile, the craziness continues.

Here is our link to this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion
http://www.directzine4dems.com/995.htm

In South Dakota: The South Dakota Democratic Party will hold a Central Committee meeting and a dinner in Rapid City next weekend. I hope they can get their act together and succeed in reversing the long and steady decline in Democratic voter registration statewide.
You hear a lot of talk about the evil Republicans and their devious, gerrymandered legislative districts that reduce Democratic legislative victories and legislative representation. But, while Republican gerrymandering doesn't help, it is not the reason for the poor showing by Democrats year after year in South Dakota. Democrats do themselves an extreme disservice by focusing on it.
In fact, Democratic voter registration has declined statewide from a high of 38.4% of all registered voters in 2009 to a current low of 30.5%. In absolute terms, the Republican registration advantage over Democrats has increased by 48,567, from 36,688 in 2009 to 85,255 today. Put another way, the Republican advantage over Democrats has increased on average by 1384 voters in each of South Dakota's 35 legislative districts since 2009. Their average advantage now stands at 2434 per district. I have been told political gurus believe that a 1500 voter advantage in a district is all but impossible to overcome in most political environments. Given that, the Democratic Party's problem is not Republican gerrymandering but the lack of Democratic voters. Democrats need to concentrate on organizing their Party and registering voters. Complaining about gerrymandering now is just sour grapes, something to be saved for another time when and if Democrats get within spitting distance of Republicans in South Dakota and they need to add a kick to their stew.

I need a drink.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

We meet at the "41 TapHouse", as always.

We meet at the "TapHouse 41" located just west of Scheels on 41st St. Happy hour lasts 'til 6:00. It makes the evening very affordable.

In Trivia News: Virginia and Kay won our Trivia Contest's $80.00 Grand Prize last week. They asked that their winnings be contributed to the Billie Sutton for Governor Campaign. Having heard Billie give a strong speech at the Central Labor Council's Labor Day Picnic, I agree with their choice. Billie will represent the Democratic Party well and he will make a fine Governor. With Virginia and Kay's victory, our Prize Pool drops to $15.00 today. It could all be yours or you could contribute your winnings, as Virginia and Kay did, to a cause or a campaign of your choice.

In Politics, Internationally: Uhg. Trump is still President. He has allowed Putin, the man who invaded former Soviet Georgia and the Ukraine, attacked our allies in Syria, threatens our NATO allies in Eastern Europe and meddled in our 2016 elections, to pose as a peacemaker in Korea and to strategize with our allies in East Asia. I don't know why Republicans continue to support Trump.

Nationally: Hurricane Irma is about to punish the entire state of Florida for electing George W. Bush President in 2000 and voting for Trump in 2016. God told me so. He is apparently into collective and random punishment and still angry about the whole Adam and Eve thing.

Here is this week's summary of national progressive news, political cartoons, and opinion:
http://www.directzine4dems.com/994.htm

In South Dakota: As a public service, I restate our critique of the South Dakota Democratic Party's (SDDP's) summer voter registration drive:

"The results of the Great South Dakota Democratic Party's (SDDP's) 2017 Voter Registration Drive are in and over the summer Democratic voter registration declined by 5390. To clarify, the goal of the registration drive was to increase Democratic voter registration.

In fairness to the SDDP, counties throughout South Dakota updated their voter registration lists and expunged registrants who had not voted recently. Every political party experienced registration declines this summer, registration drive or not. Republican registration fell by 5081, Independents by 1811, and Libertarians by 25. Still, Democratic registration fell the most. As unlikely as it is, the SDDP's leadership and staff might want to reevaluate their approach to voter registration…… just saying."

I need a drink. Join our merry crew at Drinking Liberally tonight.

Don't let our name mislead you. We drink conservatively from 5:00 to 5:08, moderately 'til 5:15 and liberally to whenever. But, if you stay for karaoke, you may have stayed too long. And, as the Beer and Alcohol Companies encourage, we always drink responsibly.
Location: The "TapHouse 41", just west of Scheels on 41st St. in Sioux Falls.
When: 5:00 PM (almost) every Friday, Until: Whenever.
Hosts: Sheldon Osborn 376-6852, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and other progressive people too numerous to mention.

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